Policy Update for Input Broadcasting Software - Multiboxing Official Warning
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As World of Warcraft has evolved, our policies have also evolved to support the health of the game and the needs of the players. We’ve examined the use of third-party input broadcasting software, which allows a single keystroke or action to be automatically mirrored to multiple game clients, and we've seen an increasingly negative impact to the game as this software is used to support botting and automated gameplay. The use of input broadcasting software that mirrors keystrokes to multiple WoW game clients will soon be considered an actionable offense. We believe this policy is in the best interests of the game and the community.

We will soon begin issuing warnings to all players who are detected using input broadcasting software to mirror commands to multiple accounts at the same time (often used for multi-boxing). With these warnings, we intend to notify players that they should not use this software while playing World of Warcraft. Soon thereafter, the warnings will escalate to account actions, which can include suspension and, if necessary, permanent closure of the player's World of Warcraft account(s). We strongly advise you to cease using this type of software immediately to maintain uninterrupted access to World of Warcraft.

Thank you for your understanding.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Policy Update for Input Broadcasting Software - Multiboxing Official Warning started by Lumy View original post
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  1. tangers58's Avatar
    Its about fucking time
  1. mrgreenthump's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hellobolis View Post
    will this actually help against bots though? feel like this would be a minor inconvenience/temporary delay for botters at best.
    Would think that they got some new utility feature that false reports multiboxers as bots, so rather than ban directly, give them notice. So I'd say it's quite probably it helps a bit. Will be interested if this means keyboard macros will be flagged as well.
  1. PenguinChan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kagthul View Post
    "Serious" Multiboxers will just use USB devices to make the computer see X input devices that are all the same device.

    You can literally build one with a soldering iron and components from NewEgg for about 25$.

    You plug your keyboard into the "In" port, and run 5 cables from the "Out" ports to your computer (likely an external hub so youll actually have enough ports) and poof, your computer sees 5 individual keyboards. (Theyll all have the same hardware ID tho) If you really want to get fancy and make sure that isn't even remotely detectable, you can use an RPi as the bridge and each of the 5 outputs will report a different hardware ID and from Blizzards end will look absolutely like 5 different physical keyboards plugged in.

    They cant even limit this by limiting the WoW Client to one instance since you can literally just run VMs and have the "individual" keyboards/mice control one of the VMs. (Which will 1000% on Blizzard's end look like 5 different computers - think LTTs "X gamers one CPU" series)

    Its not even hard.

    This will, at best, put a tiny dent in the number of people who multibox.

    Lipstick on a pig, kids.
    All this does is give Blizzard an excuse to ban anyone clearly using 4+ characters at once permanently regardless of the interfacing methods used. I doubt after 16 years their engine can't detect player positions and actions and how robotic / mimicked they are. Plus now people will be reporting multiboxing on sight.
  1. Firebert's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lavey View Post
    What's funny is some of the multi-boxers asked for Shadowlands refunds, and can only get 1 refund per battle.net account.

    https://twitter.com/FatbossTV/status...67290215673856
    This twitter user has gone on to say that it is not policy to do this, and was corrected.
  1. Jindujun's Avatar
    This might be the best news from Blizzard in a long long time
  1. sephrinx's Avatar
    This is the best news of the millennium.
  1. rhrrngt's Avatar
    FINALLY so sick of seeing 5 freaking druids moonfireing everything to ruin economies
  1. WeWillOnlyBeSlower's Avatar
    Mirrored is the key word here. Multiboxers are not R.I.P.. We will just be slower.
  1. GUZ's Avatar
    I have two accounts and I literally just tried out multi boxing and i leveled 2 toons to 50 doing dungeons it was kinda fun...i dont know why they are doing this now when its kinda already been a thing. Guess no more multi for me.
  1. oplawlz's Avatar
    Finally some good news in 2020.
  1. ShmooDude's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kagthul View Post
    "Serious" Multiboxers will just use USB devices to make the computer see X input devices that are all the same device.

    You can literally build one with a soldering iron and components from NewEgg for about 25$.

    You plug your keyboard into the "In" port, and run 5 cables from the "Out" ports to your computer (likely an external hub so youll actually have enough ports) and poof, your computer sees 5 individual keyboards. (Theyll all have the same hardware ID tho) If you really want to get fancy and make sure that isn't even remotely detectable, you can use an RPi as the bridge and each of the 5 outputs will report a different hardware ID and from Blizzards end will look absolutely like 5 different physical keyboards plugged in.

    They cant even limit this by limiting the WoW Client to one instance since you can literally just run VMs and have the "individual" keyboards/mice control one of the VMs. (Which will 1000% on Blizzard's end look like 5 different computers - think LTTs "X gamers one CPU" series)

    Its not even hard.

    This will, at best, put a tiny dent in the number of people who multibox.

    Lipstick on a pig, kids.
    It doesn't matter if they obfuscate their method completely. Blizzard still has access to what those accounts are doing on the server side and can detect accounts acting in unison. I strongly suspect that even though their post is specifically about "Input Broadcasting Software" that this policy will apply to any method of input broadcasting across multiple WoW clients. That's just the most common method right now and one that has been allowed up until now.

    For example Path of Exile:
    Does it matter if I am using AHK, proprietary software, etc?

    No. It is important to understand that in the eyes of the developers they are creating rules based on what a player may or may not do - not specifically how a player may go about doing so. Using AutoHotKey, or software which came with your mouse or keyboard, or even a physical solution such as a popsicle stick would all be viewed the same way.
    The method is unimportant.
  1. Kagthul's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by PenguinChan View Post
    All this does is give Blizzard an excuse to ban anyone clearly using 4+ characters at once permanently regardless of the interfacing methods used. I doubt after 16 years their engine can't detect player positions and actions and how robotic / mimicked they are. Plus now people will be reporting multiboxing on sight.
    At some point, though, they simply have to come out and say that, then.

    They can ban you from using their software for any reason or no reason at all.

    But this constant goalpost shifting is just making them look like a joke.

    If they're going to ban Multiboxing, do it.

    Otherwise, shut the fuck up about it.

    Multiple input broadcasting doesn't help bots (who are using entirely "fake"/AI generated inputs that arent actually coming from a real hardware input device anyway), so their "well Bots started using it so..." line is just bullshit.

    Have the courage of their convictions. Just fucking ban it, or dont. And if they dont, tell the whiners to shut the fuck up about it. If they do, tell the pissed multiboxers to shut the fuck up about or get out.

    Move on.
  1. kail's Avatar
    I'll join the parade and hope it helps the game's economy, albeit it took a good 15+ years to make this simple decision. Still, they picked game quality over money with this move.

    I wonder if this means we can report those who are clearly multi-boxing.
  1. DTJames's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by glowpipe View Post
    I hate multiboxers as much as the next guy. But im looking forward to the million posts coming now complaining how mat prices are trippled or quadrupled
    Sound like time to SELL!
  1. kail's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kagthul View Post
    If they're going to ban Multiboxing, do it.
    They effectively did. They are not banning the software used to multibox for nothing, Blizz now has a stance against multiboxing entirely.
  1. Tiwack's Avatar
    Curious to see how this impacts the token price and game economy at large. They don't give any timeline in the blue but I doubt the multi-impaired will give up easy. Where there's a will there's a way...
  1. ketsui's Avatar
    funniest part of all the people complaining is those are bots, not multiboxers, bots will continue, for those talking about the druids aoe farming.
  1. Caerrona's Avatar
    At least blizzard was kind enough to let us know a couple weeks before the xpac so I can set back up to before i was using the software.
  1. Thetruth1400's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by xenogear3 View Post
    You had it backwards.

    Blizzard sees 10 x $15 a month or $1800 a year, gone !
    Considering 99.9% of multiboxers paid for their accounts via tokens and they were bought by other people, yeah, they're not seeing that loss at all.

    The tokens were still sold, the only difference is who is paying the gold to get the token which, instead of being multiboxers, will be people who want cosmetic items, mounts, etc that will now be spending their gold to get those items.

    If you think about this in terms of drugs; Blizzard is the manufacturer and distributor, the people who buy the tokens to sell for gold on the AH are the street dealers, and the multiboxers are nothing but addicted end users.

    Also, you most likely severely overestimate the amount of multiboxers there are let alone little it's going to impact Blizzard's bottom line.

    Quote Originally Posted by ketsui View Post
    funniest part of all the people complaining is those are bots, not multiboxers, bots will continue, for those talking about the druids aoe farming.
    You can literally go on Twitch and find plenty of examples of multiboxers sitting there farming with Druid AoE teams, so no, they're not bot, they're multiboxers. I get the confusion though, because there's really next to no difference between the two.
  1. xenogear3's Avatar
    Bots are hard to detect, because it is alone and can do random things.
    The only give away is that he plays 24 hours a day.

    I remember that one guy level 1 to 90 without sleep and got banned.
    The bots must take a break.

    When you see 5 shamans walk and cast at the same time, it is multiboxers !

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